Single-Family Zoning in the San Francisco Bay Area

Single-Family Zoning in the San Francisco Bay Area

In mid-June, the New York Times publishedten zoning mapsof major American cities. These brilliantly rendered maps illustrate the degree to which single-family zoning dominates our urban areas, not just suburban communities. For example, the Timesfound that 70 percent of residential land in Minneapolis, 75 percent in Los Angeles, 81 percent in Seattle, and 94 percent in San Jose is zoned for single-family homes. The problem here lies not with single family homes, but with single-family zonin…

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